A quiet early morning on the tranquil Spey Dam in Glen Sherro near Laggan, Newtonmore Strathspey Inverness-shire. Scotland.UK.

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The Spey Dam was constructed in 1934 to provide hydro-electric power for refining aluminium British Aluminium was an aluminium production company. It was originally formed as the British Aluminium Company Ltd on 7 May 1894 and was subsequently known as British Alcan Aluminium plc (1982-1996). The Laggan Dam was constructed in 1934 to provide hydro-electric power for refining aluminium British Aluminium was an aluminium production company. It was originally formed as the British Aluminium Company Ltd on 7 May 1894 and was subsequently known as British Alcan Aluminium plc (1982-1996).n the late 1880s and early 1890s, innovations in the extraction of alumina from ore (bauxite) and of converting this into aluminium by electrolysis had precipitated a drastic fall in the price of the metal. The electrolytic process required large amounts of cheap electricity, which could easily be provided by hydro-electric power in the Scottish Highlands. The first aluminium ingots were produced at Foyers in the highlands in 1895 with the first hydro-electric powered smelter opening in 1896 followed by two more, at Kinlochleven in 1909 and Lochaber in 1929.
Location: Glen Sherro, Laggan. Newtonmore. Strathspey. Scotland